Sunday, 23 March 2014

Chicken 65 / South Indian Fried Chicken

Chicken 65 - Does it sound weird ? yeah, it's the name of the dish very popular in South India. It is crispy chicken coated with spices , marinated and then deep fried. A very popular appetizer or snack and possibly the most selling appetizer in restaurants. We have it as side for Biryani. Though it might look very spicy by color, it is not spicy. Even kids will love this fried chicken.
There are many different stories for how the dish got its name '65'.  Forget about the name of the dish and let us learn how to make this chicken. You need boneless chicken breast pieces cut equally in size. Chicken pieces are marinated in Ginger paste, Garlic Paste, red chilli powder, salt, ground pepper , turmeric powder. You need to marinate for minimum 1 hour. Marinate helps chicken absorb all flavours and makes it juicy from inside.
Marinated chicken pieces are deep fried in got oil and drained in paper towel.  It is typically served with onion slices,  lemon wedges and garnished with chopped cilantro leaves

Ingredients : 

  • 250 Grams Chicken Breasts cut into small size pieces
  • Oil for deep frying chicken pieces 

Marinate :

  • 2 Tablespoon Hung Curd / Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Pate
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4  Teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • Salt as required  

Directions : 

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients listed under marinate. Check if salt and spice levels are as per your taste




2. Clean chicken pieces and cut them into small cubes
3. Add chicken pieces to the marinate and using a slotted spoon mix everything together. Let the chicken marinate in spices for 1 hour minimum
4. In a deep frying pan heat oil for frying chicken
5. When the oil is hot, turn the flame to medium and add 4 to 5 marinated chicken pieces in oil and deep fry on low flame
6. Fry until chicken pieces are golden outside and the oil will not sizzle anymore when the chicken is cooked completely. Drain the fried chicken pieces on paper towel
7. Fry the remaining chicken pieces in batches
8. Serve with sliced red onion and lemon wedges with your favourite dip

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